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"I have come to believe, though very reluctantly, that it [mathematics] consists of tautologies. I fear that, to a mind of sufficient intellectual power, the whole of mathematics would appear trivial, as trivial as the statement that a four-legged animal is an animal." ---Bertrand Russell (1957)

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekly Potpourri


Newest mathy grab-bag:

1)  George Hart presents 4 mins. of an elliptic hyperboloid:
http://tinyurl.com/ndy2ovs

2)  A MathMunch weekly wrap-up:
http://mathmunch.org/2014/11/16/grothendieck-circle-packing-and-string-art/

3)  A couple more tributes to Grothendieck:
https://rjlipton.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/alexander-grothendieck-1928-2014/
http://www.thebigquestions.com/2014/11/17/the-generalist/

4)  William Cook's "In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman" is newly-out in paperback:
https://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=bsc3dnc4tbops#1141029486

5)  There's a new StackExchange now, specifically for the history of science and math:
http://hsm.stackexchange.com/

6)  Evelyn Lamb dabbles delightfully in monosyllablism and Rolle's Theorem here (...Theodor Seuss Geisel would approve):
http://tinyurl.com/nwvl3wc

7)  A mathematical reporter tries to answer the question 'How much Hollywood glamor will rub off on mathematics?' from the 5 Breakthrough Prize mathematics winners:
http://tinyurl.com/my29aex

8)  Dr. Keith Devlin, Dr. Mark Saul, and recent Putnam Prize winner/Yale student Xiao Wu talk mathematics in a 50-minute radio interview (from WNPR), accessible here:
http://wnpr.org/post/your-marks-get-set-math

9)  It's an exciting time for primes... so says a new 10-minute introductory video on the topic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CL5mqqdaKI&feature=youtu.be&a

10)   Lastly folks, I surrender -- I CAN'T keep up with all the nifty posts/videos Mike Lawler puts up and also read my email each week (you know, like walking and chewing gum at the same time ;-); so rather than pick out specific offerings from Mike, I'll just direct you to his page (which hopefully you already follow anyway!) and let you pick the ones most pertinent to your math interests; there's always somethin' good!:
http://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/


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